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Future-proofing Iskandar Malaysia

AvantiKumar | Sept. 4, 2014
The Geographic Information System (GIS) technology will help transform the region into Malaysia's next economic powerhouse, said Esri Malaysia CEO Lai Chee Siew.

CS Lai - Esri Malaysia modified 

Photo -  Lai Chee Siew, CEO, Esri Malaysia.


Iskandar Regional Development Authority [IRDA] has adopted Geographic Information System [GIS] technology as part of the continued development of the Iskandar Malaysia as a major regional technology and business hub located in Johor, Malaysia.

IRDA chief executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said Iskandar Malaysia, which was rapidly approaching the national aspiration of being a strong and sustainable metropolis of international standing, has adopted additional state of the art technology to transform the region into Malaysia's next economic powerhouse.

Ismail said GIS technology from geospatial solutions provider Esri Malaysia was an advanced mapping platform, which integrated and analysed data from multiple business systems, to present an insightful view of information to support decision making. 

GIS technology now supported urban planners, economic managers and other key decision makers to design smarter developments in Iskandar, he said. "Iskandar Malaysia was designed with investors in mind, as such deciding where to put up facilities, commercial and residential areas, and theme parks all requires impeccable planning and design."

"By using GIS, we get a holistic view of our socio-economic environment enabling us to assess the various elements that might affect Iskandar Malaysia's business environment and the overall livability of communities," said Ismail.

"As well as helping to visualise information on an intuitive map, IRDA is also able to facilitate efficient data sharing across various government departments, enabling them to build confidence in their ability to make sound decisions on how they can realise their shared vision for the economic region," he said.

 Crucial role in future-proofing

Esri Malaysia chief executive officer, Lai Chee Siew, said, "IRDA has been using GIS technology for more than seven years - and that this would help to play a crucial role in 'future-proofing' the region."

"Economic developers need decision-making tools that help them conduct analysis, display and disseminate results and make informed decisions about where to locate new businesses or grow existing ones," said Lai.

"GIS technology is proven to be an effective tool in delivering these functionalities, as it provides a powerful analytic platform to slice, dice and visualise big data sets," he said. "The technology allows users to visualise and analyse big data in a way that reveals patterns, trends, and relationships that are often overlooked in static reports and spreadsheets. Even if data exists in many disparate systems, GIS technology can pull it all together to help users focus on their decision making- which is why it is important for IRDA."

 "Ultimately, it's helped IRDA to create economic opportunities and sustain socio-economic growth," said Lai. "We're very proud to be a technology partner for Iskandar, and help them achieve their vision for the future."

IRDA's Ismail added:  "As we prime Iskandar into becoming a world-class destination, we firmly believe GIS technology will continue to be at the heart of everything we do today and for the years to come."


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